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“Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, ‘Have I also here seen Him who sees me?’” Genesis 16:13 (NKJV)
When studying the Bible, it is interesting when we learn of something that is recorded for the first time. The first recorded instance of the appearance of the “Angel of the Lord” is found in Genesis 16. We believe this Angel is a preincarnate appearance of Jesus. We may think, this revelation should have been to someone like Noah, Abraham, or even Sarah. However, this name of God was revealed to Hagar. She was an Egyptian maid – someone not even a Hebrew, the nation chosen for the ancestry of Jesus Christ. Most likely she had been taught to worship the gods of Egypt. When Abraham and Sarah returned to the land of Canaan, likely Hagar came with them as a servant. Surely she then heard about the true Almighty God worshipped by Abraham. Later she became pregnant by Abraham and despised her mistress, Sarah who then treated her harshly. Hagar fled into the wilderness. Here the “Angel of the Lord” spoke to her and she called the name of the Lord “You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees”. She was able to go back home comforted, as she realized that He is a God Who sees and knows all.
We are speaking of our same Lord Jesus Christ, who centuries later became the incarnation of the true and living God in the New Testament (I Timothy 3:16). This is the same Jesus in the New Testament who came “to find lost people and save them.” Luke 19:10b (ERV) This same Jesus came to save people that are poverty stricken, diseased, despised, rejected, forsaken, hated and forgotten, even like He sought Hagar in the Old Testament. He wants everyone to come to Him and know He cares for every person in the world. He wants them to have true comfort and deliverance that only He can give. Jesus knows everything, “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” Proverbs 15:3 (KJV) He knows the heart of every person – the heart that longs for the comfort of spiritual reality, and also the heart that has no desire for spiritual things. He will judge every person as to what is in their heart.
God alone has the answer to the deep-down cry of the heart.
(Some information by David Wilkerson, Christopher D. Hudson, etc.)